There are so many things that can make you late when you’re taking clients to a job interview. The van won’t start. That one guy was really late. You wasted 10 minutes looking for the stack of resumes prepared for the employer.
I can picture several times when this happened to me. I suspect I’m not alone, right?
Reading a recent article in lifehacker.com made me realize that I should have handled these situations differently. It’s much better to call and ask to reschedule if you see that you’ll be late or arrive with frazzled and unfocused candidates.
Everyone’s nervous anyway. A scramble to be on time or a frantic last minute group review en route can really mess up client confidence. Interviewers will usually honor a request to reschedule, especially if you make it clear that the reasons don’t reflect poorly on client timeliness or reliability.
Hmm. Wish I’d thought of this myself a lot sooner.